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Fungi as biocontrol agents: progress, problems and potential.

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This book presents topics on the development, improvement and commercialization of fungi for the biological control of pests, weeds and diseases which are of economic importance. Common themes such as production, formulation and application of technologies, biosafety, risk assessment and registration requirements are all covered. The book attempts to bring together scientists, industry and governm...


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Biology, ecology and pest management potential of entomophthorales.

This chapter describes ecological case histories for a number of species belonging to order Entomophthorales (Massospora spp., Neozygites spp., Strongwellsea castrans, Entomophthora muscae, Entomophaga grylli, Entomophthora thripidum and Conidiobolus spp.) and discusses the life cycle, taxonomy, spatial and temporal distribution, persistence, dispersal and impact of these species on host biology and behaviour which are keys to the effective exploitation in specific environments. The use of these species in pest management is discussed with particular emphasis on future opportunities.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction - fungal biological control agents: progress, problems and potential. Author(s): Butt, T. M. Jackson, C. W. Magan, N.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) Commercial use of fungi as plant disease biological control agents: status and prospects. Author(s): Whipps, J. M. Lumsden, R. D.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 23) Use of hyphomycetous fungi for managing insect pests. Author(s): Inglis, G. D. Goettel, M. S. Butt, T. M. Strasser, H.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 155) Exploitation of the nematophagous fungal Verticillium chlamydosporium Goddard for the biological control of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.). Author(s): Kerry, B. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 169) Fungal biocontrol agents of weeds. Author(s): Evans, H. C. Greaves, M. P. Watson, A. K.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 193) Monitoring the fate of biocontrol fungi. Author(s): Bidochka, M. J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 219) Prospects for strain improvement of fungal pathogens of insects and weeds. Author(s): St Leger, R. Screen, S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 239) Physiological approaches to improving the ecological fitness of fungal biocontrol agents. Author(s): Magan, N.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 253) Production, stabilization and formulation of fungal biocontrol agents. Author(s): Wraight, S. P. Jackson, M. A. Kokc, S. L. de
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 289) The spray application of mycopesticide formulations. Author(s): Bateman, R. Chapple, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 311) Toxic metabolites of fungal biocontrol agents. Author(s): Vey, A. Hoagland, R. E. Butt, T. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 347) Safety of fungal biocontrol agents. Author(s): Goettel, M. S. Hajek, A. E. Siegel, J. P. Evans, H. C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 377) Fungal biological control agents - appraisal and recommendations. Author(s): Butt, T. M. Jackson, C. W. Magan, N.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Plant and Invertebrate Ecology Division, IACR-Rothamsted, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2001
  • ISBN
  • 0851993567
  • Record Number
  • 20013125211